Point guard Jarrett Jack’s days with the Warriors are all but officially over.
The stud reserve who helped lead the Warriors on a playoff run, agreed to a four-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a league source said. Jack’s new deal – eligible to be signed on July 10 when the NBA’s moratorium ends – totals $25.2 million. Just over $19 million of that is guaranteed.
Jack will join budding star point guard Kyrie Irving and try to duplicate his impact on the Warriors with the Cavaliers.
Golden State’s acquisition of swingman Andre Iguodala figured to end his days with the Warriors. But some salary cap wiggling kept alive some hope he could stay in the Bay Area.
However, Jack’s importance to the team figured to be diminished on the new-look Warriors so he decided to jump at other options.
Jack – who will just be turning 30 when his ninth NBA season begins – averaged 12.9 points and 5.6 assists in 29.7 minutes off the bench in his one season with the Warriors. In the playoffs, he averaged 17.2 points, 4.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds in 35.5 minutes.
Acquired last season from New Orleans in a three-team trade involving Dorell Wright, Jack emerged as one of coach Mark Jackson’s most reliable players. His ability to be a floor general and hit big shots made him invaluable to the Warriors on the court. His presence also allowed Golden State to play star point guard Stephen Curry off the ball. Jack was also key in a locker room that developed noteworthy chemistry on the road to a first-round upset of Denver and a six-game battle with the San Antonio Spurs.
Iguodala, whose skills allow him to play some point-forward, is expected to fill some of the void Jack will leave behind. The rest of the load will likely fall on Curry. He will probably have the ball in his hands a lot more, especially down the stretch.